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Beyonce 'mimed at Obama service'

BEYONCE lip-synced the national anthem during her rousing performance at President Barack Obama's inauguration, according to the US Marine Band.

A band spokeswoman claimed tonight that players were notified at the last minute that Beyonce would use a pre-recorded voice track. The band played their instruments live.

All inaugural music is pre-recorded in case weather conditions or other circumstances interrupt the programme.

A representative for Beyonce did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The use of a recording is typical in big events. In 2009, cellist Yo-Yo Ma was questioned about "hand-syncing" for Mr Obama's first inauguration. Ma said instruments were not functioning properly in the cold weather.